coop

[koop, koo p]

noun

an enclosure, cage, or pen, usually with bars or wires, in which fowls or other small animals are confined for fattening, transportation, etc.
any small or narrow place.
Slang. a prison.
Sometimes Facetious. a cooperative, especially the cooperative bookstore of a college or university.

verb (used with object)

to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).

verb (used without object)

Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.

Idioms

    fly the coop, Informal. to run off; depart abruptly; escape: We stopped to see my sister, but she'd flown the coop.

Origin of coop

1250–1300; Middle English coupe basket, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kaup wooden can; akin to Old English cȳpa basket
Related formsun·coop, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe.

co-op

[noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op]

noun

a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.

verb (used with object), co-oped or co-opped, co-op·ing or co-op·ping.

to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.

adjective

(of a game, especially a video game) cooperative, requiring players to work together to achieve a common objective:co-op play modes;co-op multiplayer games.

Idioms

    go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.

Origin of co-op

First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form
Related formsco-op·er, noun
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe

coop.

or co-op

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Examples from the Web for coop

Contemporary Examples of coop

Historical Examples of coop

  • Shall I go and tell the goose girl to hunt the turkeys into the coop first?

    Funny Big Socks

    Sarah L. Barrow

  • They put us in the coop for a couple of days, and then the consul got us out.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Then they coop us up at home and expect us to let them run the world to suit themselves.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He'd started at the Coop with a deck of cards; now he was returning with a club.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • And when she subsequently flew the coop—dash this cold of mine!

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves


British Dictionary definitions for coop

coop

1

noun

a cage or small enclosure for poultry or small animals
a small narrow place of confinement, esp a prison cell
a wicker basket for catching fish

verb

(tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area

Word Origin for coop

C15: probably from Middle Low German kūpe basket, tub; related to Latin cūpa cask, vat

coop

2

co-op

noun

a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society

coop

3

the internet domain name for

a cooperative

coop.

co-op.

abbreviation for

cooperative
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Word Origin and History for coop
n.

"small cage for poultry," mid-14c., from Old English cype, cypa "basket, cask," akin to Middle Dutch kupe, Swedish kupa, and all probably from Latin cupa "tub, cask," from PIE *keup- "hollow mound" (see cup (n.)).

v.

1560s, from coop (n.). Related: Cooped; cooping.

co-op

n.

1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with coop

coop

see fly the coop.

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